Eight franchises had to release the players they were no longer interested in keeping before the start of season 10 of the Indian Premier League. As per Mid Day nearly 40 players have been released who will be available for auction before the new season begins.
Big names like Kevin Pietersen, Dale Steyn, Eoin Morgan, Morne Morkel, Jason Holder and Mitchell Johnson are understood to have been released by their respective franchises.
Debutant of IPL-9 Pune's Rising Pune Supergiants has released 10 players. The team had a forgettable opening season finishing 7th in the league table after the 14 matches. RPSG have dropped Kevin Pietersen along with Indian Test pacer Ishant Sharma, all-rounder Irfan Pathan and spinner Murugan Ashwin from the squad.
On the other hand, another IPL-9 debutant team Gujarat Lions has released South African pacer Dale Steyn along with few other local players.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have set free foreign players Jason Holder, John Hastings and Colin Munro and Morkel
Delhi Daredevils, who spent a huge sum of 8.5 crores to procure allrounder Pawan Negi last season have decided that the player wasn't impact-full and released the Delhi-born him.
The winners of IPL 2016 David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad have let go England ODI captain Eoin Morgan along with domestic players like Ashish Reddy and T Suman.
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore have also released few players but verified information is not available yet.